WATCH: DeMarcus Cousins Smacks LeBron James in Face, Gets Ejected

by Joe Rutland

Houston Rockets power forward DeMarcus Cousins takes an early exit on Sunday after getting ejected for hitting LeBron James in the face.

James, the Lakers’ superstar, was going down the lane at the Toyota Center when Cousins wrapped James in the head. Cousins used his right arm to hit James, who fell to the court with his hands up around his face.

Earlier in the game, Cousins, whose nickname is “Boogie,” got into a scuffle with the Lakers’ Markieff Morris. Now Morris got ejected before Cousins, but “Boogie” managed to also find his way off the court in the second quarter.

Cousins is in his first season of playing with the Rockets. He’s also played with the Sacramento Kings, Toronto Raptors, New Orleans Pelicans, and Golden State Warriors.

For his career in the NBA, he’s averaging 21.1 points and 10.8 rebounds per game.

LeBron James Signed Two-Year Extension With Lakers

Back in December, LeBron James signed a two-year contract extension with the Los Angeles Lakers worth $85 million.

James, 35, could have become a free agent next summer, but the 16-time All-Star will remain with the Lakers through the 2022-23 season. His previous contract had a player option for 2021-22.

The acquisition of James in 2018 has helped bring the franchise back to championship glory. James was named Finals MVP for the fourth time in his career after leading Los Angeles to banner No. 17 in October.

Lakers General Manager Rob Pelinka has made shrewd moves throughout the offseason in hopes of repeating, bringing in veteran players such as Dennis Schroder, Wesley Matthews, and Marc Gasol.

Questions Arise Around LeBron James Playing With Son

As soon as news broke about James’ contract extension, speculation started to spread about the possibility of him playing in his last season with his son Bronny.

Obviously, Bronny is a freshman in high school and could be eligible for the NBA Draft in 2023.

Kentavius Caldwell-Pope, who is represented by Klutch Sports (also James’ sports agents), recently re-signed with the Lakers in November after their NBA championship season.

Caldwell-Pope probably was popping some champagne corks, too. ESPN reported that Caldwell-Pope signed a three-year deal worth $40 million.

In addition, Caldwell-Pope averaged 10.7 points per game during the Lakers’ playoff run to the NBA title. He scored 17 points in Game Six of the NBA Finals, when the Lakers clinched the title against Miami.

H/T: Basketball Reference